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Who Were the Pharaohs?: A History of Their Names with a List of Cartouches Paperback – 1 Feb 1991

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (Feb. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486265862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486265865
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,438,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very useful book containing the names and titles of the Pharaohs of Egypt. It is a reissue of a previous book on the same subject by the same author, but now contains some unnecessary padding. Recommended for enthusiasts of Ancient Egypt and interested people who whould like to be able to read the names and titles when visiting Egypt or local museums.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x979c7f0c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9783fd08) out of 5 stars Informative, complete, compact 21 Aug. 1998
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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful little paperback that introduces the rulers of Ancient Egypt, dynasty by dynasty, from the beginning up through the Persians, the (Greek) Ptolemies and the Romans. Quirke shows the cartouches of each Pharaoh and discusses the Royal naming practices. The thing that cost this book a star is the "Index of Rulers cited in Chapters 1-4." Problem is, the list of 163 cartouches, the reason I bought the book, is in chapter five, and is thus not indexed! Unfortunately, this makes the book next to useless "in the field", i.e. at an Ancient Egyptian site or in a museum--a basic fault easily remedied! And by the British Museum, no less! Still a great book, though.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979cf1e0) out of 5 stars names and cartouches of Egyptian pharaohs 17 Jun. 2000
By Francesca Jourdan - Published on
Format: Paperback
In five chapters, the author explains the various names (Horus, He of the Two Ladies, Horus of Gold, He of the Sedge and Bee, Son of Ra) of the ancient Egyptian kings, covering the dawn of Egyptian writing ca 3000BC up to the Roman period. A chronological history of the names is explained with hieroglyphic texts and modern research. Cartouches of the main kings are provided. This is an excellent book for beginners, as well as for scholars, interested in this subject.
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HASH(0x979cf204) out of 5 stars Excellent compilation 13 Mar. 2012
By Diana Wilder - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is, quite simply, a sourcebook. Names, titles and cartouches of the various Egyptian rulers in chronological order. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who wants a riveting book to pass a restless night, but I certainly would for someone who wants specific information set forth in a comprehensive and orderly fashion.

(Knowing these cartouches, by the way, is useful if someone tends to be a show-off. It enables the person to say, "Interesting... This is definitely a Thutmoside statue, but look here: Ramesses II's name is carved on it. Interesting...")
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